Chris McGuiness’ Culinary Tour of Charleston

At the beginning of the season, we asked the guys what were some of their favorite things about their hometowns. ‘Riders first baseman Chris McGuiness said the names of two restaurants which led us to believe there must be some really good places to chow down. Here are four of his favorite places to eat around his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

Melvin’s had celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s seal of approval.

Melvin’s BBQ:

“Melvin’s BBQ is like probably five minutes from my house. It’s one of those places like Chic-Fil-A that are closed on Sunday and you always want it worse on Sunday so I get my fix during the week. Emeril Lagasse voted it the best cheeseburgers in America. They have good BBQ there but I get the cheeseburger every time. It’s been there my whole life. It’s one of those places you look forward to going to every time, eat it two or three times a week, it doesn’t matter.”

Duke’s is a Sunday favorite of the McGuiness family.

Duke’s BBQ:

“Duke’s is a BBQ buffet in Walterboro, South Carolina where I go hunt on weekends and that’s where I was originally introduced to Duke’s. We know the owners a little bit and joked with him saying he should move one to Charleston and it would do really well. They put one in Charleston about a year ago and it’s just a small, homemade, country buffet type place that’s open on Sundays so we normally go there after church.”

Fried shrimp is Chris’ dish of choice here.

Gilligan’s Seafood:

“Gilligan’s is a seafood restaurant on John’s Island. We normally go there on birthdays or something like that. They have all-you-can-eat fried shrimp and me and my dad just put it under the table there. The joke is when we go there my mom and my brother want to take two cars so they can leave when they get done eating and we can still crush all-you-can-eat fried shrimp.”

This was one of McGuiness’ favorite places to eat while going to college.

Mama Kim’s:

“The last place is a place down by my college, downtown Charleston, called Mama Kim’s. It’s a hibachi-style restaurant but it’s like a fast food restaurant. She cooks it right in front of you and it’s right in the middle of Charleston and a big hit with the college kids. Mama Kim is always really friendly. We’d always give her tickets to the ballgames and stuff. It’s just a real nice place to go.”

So the next time you’re in Charleston, check these places out. You might just bump into a RoughRider.

-JW

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